Using a pattern-centered approach to assess sexual risk-taking in study abroad students

Tiffany Marcantonio, D. J. Angelone, Eve Sledjeski

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of several potential factors related to sexually risky behaviors in study abroad students. The authors utilized a pattern-centered analysis to identify specific groups that can be targeted for intervention. Participants: The sample consisted of 173 students who studied abroad in a variety of international locations for an average of 4 months. Methods: Participants completed questionnaires informed by the Triandis Theory of Interpersonal Behavior that have been predictive of risky sex in traditional traveling environments. Results: The analyses revealed 3 different pathways for risky sexual behavior: Environmental involvement, historical condom use, and intentions to engage in risky sex. Conclusion: These findings can be used for identification of specific high-risk groups of students who can be targeted for predeparture prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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